The acknowledgement that, on the grounds of the constant depletion of resources,
our planet is not enough, seems to signify a threshold of human condition, the fluid shift of the world into another era.
While Earth is currently plagued by a pandemic and a global economic crisis, SpaceX Corporation is sending passengers into orbit on a private spaceship in order to pursue the utopia of a long-term colonization of Mars with commercial space flight. An alarming honey trap.
Point of departure for this composition, which is based on a terrific collapse, are sounds generated by one of the largest European energy producers, promoting its plan to abandon the use of fossil fuels in more than a generation’s time as groundbreaking.
The installation in the defunct heating room of the Alte Münze works as a con-tainer, in which two sources of sound are combined: on the one hand, industrial sounds intercepted in a 24/7 livestream from the Vattenfall Klingenberg power station opposite Treptower Park in Berlin, and on the other hand, the audio track from the SpaceX live channel online stream. Both livestreams can also be followed on the festival website, enabling listeners to move between reality – virtuality, recorded time – real time, dystopia and utopia.
Roberta Busechian (ITA)
(*1990 in Trieste) is a sound artist and researcher, since 2014 lecturer in sound art theory, practice, and sonic activism, based in Berlin. She has presented her research at CENSE Annual Conference 2019, Ústí nad Labem, CZ and ICST, Zurich 2017. Her interests include the effects of listening in creating common aggregation points in physical space, especially the technological possibilities of virtually connected urban spaces through livestream and time shift.